Review: Roland Edirol R-05 voice recorder
Sunday, 17 July 2011
With their agreement I tape my Psychotherapy clients and take this to supervision. I needed a user-friendly recorder and decided upon the Roland Edirol R-05. Here’s why, and what I think of it.
This guest review is by Dianne Hendey of Wellington, New Zealand.
I need to record quiet voices
When people seek Psychotherapy they can speak tentatively and quietly. I needed a user-friendly device that would record even very quiet speech and with the capacity to reduce background noise.
I didn’t want to have to keep buying upgrades of proprietary software so it needed to use readily available software. I excluded digital dictation and voice recorders because I did not think they would produce the quality of audio I wanted.
Consultations led me to the Edirol R-05
My upper price limit was NZ$500. After a reading reviews and talking with Journalism tutors, musicians, suppliers and in store demonstrators I decided upon the Roland Edirol R-05 (NZ$400).
- 16-24 bit
- 44-96 kHz
Why I like it
- The Edirol R-05 feels good in my hand. While solid it is also quite small — smaller than a tape cassette and about the size of a packet of jelly. It weighs 140 grams.
- The sound quality is stunning.
- I can choose to record in WAV or MP3.
- It comes with a 2GB SD card, 2 AA batteries, a windscreen and a USB cable so I can download and backup recordings onto my computer.
- The settings menu offers a number of Recording and Playing choices and I am able to cut out extraneous background noise by setting the level of low cut frequency.
- It is user friendly and has an excellent manual. Even better, there is very good in-store technical assistance. The Rock Shop in Wellington has been exceptional.
The LCD screen is informative
The screen shows in recording mode:
- Top row: the date and mode of most recent recording (16th July in the photo).
- 2nd row: elapsed recording time and how many hours of recording remain.
- 3rd & 4th rows: input levels. Sampling rate (44k) and power supply status (battery).
- 5th row: Status (standby) Limiter (on) and time (15.22pm).
Balance recording time with quality
At a setting of WAV (24bit/96kHz) the Edirol R-05 records about 55 minutes on a 2GB SD card. I have set mine at MP3 128kps/44.1kHz which records about 1993 minutes and I have bought a 16GB SD card.
I found that I did not have to re-set the settings when I inserted the new SD card.
Moshi Double Bassburger speakers
At the same time as I bought the Edirol R-05 I also bought a tiny set (112 grams) of portable Moshi Double Bassburger stereo speakers (NZ$94).
One twist expands each of these two little domes and they are easily linked with a speaker connection cable and an audio cable to the R-05.
Internal rechargeable batteries power each dome.
Why I like these speakers
- They are cute.
- They are easy to use.
- They are very small.
If you’ve used the Edirol or the Moshi Double Bassburger speakers please tell us in the comments what you thought of them.